Humorous, by Ken Bradbury, 1999

It's a farce! A writer who is creating a farce causes the action.

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12 - 15 minutes

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An excerpt …

THE WRITER: "How to write a farce.  A farce is a light theatre piece with characters and events exaggerated to produce broad, simple humor. Often slapstick elements are used for humorous effect. A type of primitive comedy."  (thinking) Hmm ... (begins to type as he speaks) The young couple dash into the McMurdo Mansion on a dark and stormy night.

(Max and Lorene, a young couple, come stumbling into the playing area, carrying suitcases, and wearing their raincoats.)

MAX: Wow! What storm! I can't believe our car broke down on a night like this!

LORENE: Where are we, Max? This place looks haunted!

MAX: Gee willikers, Lorene! I don't like the looks of this one bit!

WRITER: ... full of improbable situations ...

MAX: (bumps into the writer and his desk) Whoa! It's Uncle Henry's old sofa! The one he was murdered on! I got a funny feeling about this place, Lorene!

LORENE: (clinging to him fearfully) Oh Max, I'm frightened!

WRITER: ... murder is often used as a comic tool ... (a gorilla enters, wearing a Halloween mask. The gorilla shoots Max in the back. He screams and falls to the floor. The gorilla runs off.) ... in addition, mystery is often employed ...

LORENE: (looking in the direction of the Gorilla's exit) I wonder who that was?


WRITER: ... surprise is a common element ...

COLONEL BLACKFORD: (a military man, entering) I say! (surprised, Lorene screams!) Did I hear a shot? 

LORENE: (trying to cover herself) Who are you?

COLONEL BLACKFORD: I'm Colonel Archibald Blackford of Her Majesty's Royal Airforce, retired.

WRITER: ... usually, little care is given to the details of character ...

(Colonel Blackford takes a hideous-looking moustache out of his pocket and slaps

it crookedly upon his upper lip)

LORENE: What are you doing here?

WRITER: ... coincidence is a common element ...

COLONEL BLACKFORD: My wife and I ... (Mrs. Blackford, an extremely sexy young thing runs in to his side and clings to him) ... were driving through the storm when our car broke down and we noticed that that couch looks like the one on which my Uncle Steppenwolf was murdered.


COLONEL BLACKFORD: (entering) I say! What's all the ruckus?


COLONEL BLACKFORD: Colonel Archibald Blackford, of Her Majesty's Royal Airforce, retired.

INSPECTOR CUMMINGS: That's impossible. (indicating the gorilla) He says he's Colonel Blackford of Her Majesty's Royal Airforce, retired. And ... great Scott! ... you both look alike!

COLONEL BLACKFORD: (looking at the gorilla) Astounding! (to the Gorilla) Were you at Oxford?

LORENE: He's got a gun!

(well, you get the idea)


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